Sunday’s Nostalgic News: April 30

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“BORN TODAY”

  • Dianna Agron (1985) – Actress (“Veronica Mars” and “Heroes”)
  • Gal Gadot (1985) – Actress (“The Fast And The Furious” Series)
  • Kirsten Dunst (1982) – Actress (“Interview with the Vampire”, “Spider-Man”, “Hidden Figures”)
  • Kunal Nayyar (1981) – Actor & Writer (“The Big Bang Theory”)
  • Amanda Palmer (1976) – Musician (The Dresden Dolls)
  • Johnny Galecki (1975) – Actor (“Roseanne”)
  • Jeff Timmons (1973) – Pop Singer & Producer (98 Degrees)
  • Turbo B (1967) – Rapper (Snap)
  • Adrian Pasdar (1965) – Actor (“Heroes”)
  • Robert Reynolds (1962) – Musician (The Mavericks)
  • David Miscavige (1960) – Leader of The Church of Scientology
  • Paul Gross (1959) – Actor, Producer, Director, Singer, and Writer (“Due South”)
  • Lars Von Trier (1956) – Film Director & Screenwriter
  • Michael Wright (1956) – Actor (“Sugar Hill”, “The Five Heartbeats” and “Oz”)
  • Jane Campion (1954) – Director
  • Merril Osmond (1953) – Singer (The Osmonds)
  • Wayne Kramer (1948) – Musician (MC5)
  • Perry King (1948) – Actor
  • Richard Shoff  (1944) – Musician (The Sandpipers)
  • Jill Clayburgh (1944) – Actress
  • Bobby Vee (Velline) (1943) – Singer
  • Johnny Farina (1941) – Musician (Santo & Johnny)
  • Burt Young (1940) – Actor
  • Gary Collins (1938) – Talk show host
  • Willie Nelson (1933) – Musician, singer, this day is cited on his birth certificate, his family says it is April 29 just before midnight
  • Cloris Leachman (1926) – Actress (“The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “Phyllis”)
  • Percy Heath (April 30, 1923 – RIP 2005) Jazz Musician
  • Eve Arden (1908 – RIP 1990) – Actress (“Grease”)

“DIED TODAY”

  • Eduard Manet (Born: January 23, 1832 / Died: April 30, 1883)
  • Adolf Hitler (Born: April 20, 1889 / Died: April 30, 1945)
  • U.S. Vice President Alben W. Barkley (Born: November 24, 1877 / Died: April 30, 1956)
  • George Balanchine (Born: January 22, 1904 / Died: April 30, 1983)
  • Muddy Waters (Born: April 4, 1913 / Died: April 30, 1983)
  • Ben E. King (Born: September 28, 1938 / Died: April 30, 2015)

“MOVIES TODAY”

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“MUSIC TODAY”

  • 1953 – Frank Sinatra and arranger Nelson Riddle teamed up for the first time.
  • 1957 – Elvis Presley recorded the Leiber and Stoller song ‘Jailhouse Rock’ as featured in his third motion picture of the same name.
  • 1958 – UK Rock ‘n’ Roller Tommy Steele was knocked unconscious when fans rushed the stage during the opening night of his British tour. As a result of various injuries, Steele was forced to cancel a week’s worth of shows.
  • 1960 – The Everly Brothers started a seven week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Cathy’s Clown’, giving Warner Bros a No.1 with their first release.
  • 1960 – Fats Domino recorded “Walking to New Orleans.”

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  • 1960 – The Everly Brothers began seven weeks at the top of the U.K. chart with “Cathy’s Clown”.
  • 1962 – Ray Charles released the single “I Can’t Stop Loving You”.
  • 1964 – The Beatles did two shows at the Odeon Cinema in Glasgow, Scotland.
  • 1965 – Herman’s Hermits and the Zombies began their first tour of the United States.
  • 1965 – The Kinks began their first British tour.
  • 1966 – The Rolling Stones fourth album ‘Aftermath’ went to No.1 on the UK chart, the group’s third UK No.1 album.
  • 1966 – “Get Ready” by the Temptations topped the R&B chart.

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  • 1966 – Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass remained at #1 on the Album chart for a third week with their new release Going Places.
  • 1966 – The Young Rascals went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Good Lovin’. The song had been a hit for The Olympics the year before.
  • 1967 – Jimi Hendrix, The Walker Brothers, Engelbert Humperdink and Cat Stevens played two shows at Bournemouth Winter Gardens, England. The Walker Brothers, Engelbert Humperdink and Cat Stevens all appeared at the Granada Theatre, Tooting, London.
  • 1968 – Cliff Nobles & Company released the single “The Horse”.
  • 1977 – Marvin Gaye moved to #1 on the R&B chart with “Got to Give It Up”
  • 1977 – Glen Campbell went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Southern Nights’, his second US No.1.

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  • 1977 – Led Zeppelin broke a new world attendance record at a concert when they played to 76,229 people at a gig at the Pontiac Silverdome, Pontiac, Michigan.The Who held the previous record at the same venue with 75,962 people.
  • 1980 – The film ‘McVicar’ with Roger Daltrey from The Who in the title role premiered in London, England. John McVicar was a 1960s armed robber turned writer who Scotland Yard publicly announced to be Public Enemy Number One and “wanted dead or alive”.
  • 1982 – American music journalist, author and musician Lester Bangs died of a heart attack aged 33. Bangs worked for Rolling Stone, Creem and The Village Voice.
  • 1983 – Toto took a turn at #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart with “I Won’t Hold You Back”.
  • 1983 – Michael Jackson started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Beat It’, his fifth solo US No.1.

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  • 1987 – Madonna’s “La Isla Bonita” became her 11th consecutive top five single. 
  • 1987 – The Beatles’ “Help!”, “Rubber Soul” and “Revolver” were released on compact disc.
  • 1988 – Erasure had the number one album in the U.K. with The Innocents.
  • 1988 – Al B. Sure!  had the new #1 on the R&B chart with “Nite and Day”.
  • 1988 – Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” fell out of the Billboard 200 chart for the first time in 725 weeks.
  • 1988 – S’Express were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Theme From S’Express’.
  • 1990 – Prince played a concert at Rupert’s Night-club, Minneapolis. The $100 a head ticket proceeds all went to the family of his former bodyguard Charles ‘Big Chick’ Huntsberry, who had died from a heart attack.
  • 1991 – Nirvana signed a recording contract with Geffen’s DGC label for $290,000.
  • 1999 – The three former members of Spandau Ballet lost a court case against band songwriter Gary Kemp. They had claimed they were owed £1 million in lost royalties. The Judge said he had become a fan of the bands during the case.

“TV/RADIO TODAY”

  • 1945 – Arthur Godfrey began his CBS radio morning show “Arthur Godfrey Time.” It ran until this day in 1972.
  • 1952 – Mr. Potato Head became the first toy to be advertised on network television.

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  • 1964 – The FCC ruled that all TV receivers should be equipped to receive both VHF and UHF channels.  
  • 1968 – BBC TV launched The Cilla Black Show making Cilla the first British female performer to have her own TV show. The theme song, ‘Step Inside Love’, was written by Paul McCartney.

“OTHER IMPORTANT EVENTS…”

  • 1789 – George Washington took office as first elected U.S. president.
  • 1889 – George Washington’s inauguration became the first U.S. national holiday.
  • 1900 – Hawaii was organized as an official U.S. territory.
  • 1945 – Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun committed suicide. They had been married for one day.
  • 1970 – Twiggs Lyndon, the road manager for The Allman Brothers Band was arrested for murder after he stabbed a club manager during an argument over a contract. At the ensuing trial, Lyndon’s lawyers argued that he had been temporarily insane at the time of the incident and that touring with the Allman Brothers would drive anyone insane. Lyndon was acquitted.
  • 1973 – U.S. President Nixon announced resignation of Haldeman, Ehrlichman, and other top aides.
  • 1976 – The Who’s drummer Keith Moon paid nine cab drivers to block-off both ends of a New York street so he could throw the contents of his hotel room out of the window.
  • 1983 – American Blues legend Muddy Waters (McKinley Morganfield) died in his sleep at his home in Westmont, Illinois, aged 68
  • 1992 – Madonna’s bustier was stolen from Frederick’s Of Hollywood. A $1,000 reward was offered for its return.
  • 1993 – CERN put the World Wide Web software in the public domain.
  • 1998 – The Oak Ridge Boys performed in Washington, DC, at the 50th anniversary ceremony of the American Red Cross’ blood services.
  • 1999 – Nazareth drummer Darrell Sweet died aged 52, after suffering a fatal heart attack before a show in New Albany, Indiana 

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